What’s more delicious than sitting around a campfire and eating smores?!
Pretty much everything.
Marshmallows and melted chocolate both turn my stomach a little bit, but it is a hallmark of summer and camping. And the kids love it too. Even though we are yet to take our first camping trip this year, our kids have been on a few and they have been to many a campfire.
The following list is our “Campfire Rules” which have kept our kids safe and our campfires enjoyable. That is another way of saying “Keep mom from stressing and freaking out.”
- Having a campfire is never a bribe for good behaviour.
If the day has been rough and the kiddos are having a hard time with listening, following instructions or just generally grouchy, we just don’t have one. A long day with grumpy kids is hard enough before you add open flames.
- Mom and Dad pick where you sit and you don’t leave your seat.
And believe me kids, it will be way further back than you want to sit. And if they do leave their seat? Out goes the campfire.
- No poking, stoking, throwing anything into the campfire.
And if you do, out goes the campfire.
- Mom and Dad make your smores, hotdogs, or other snacks.
And if you get up from the seat, out goes the campfire. Do you sense a pattern?
- Pick a day with good conditions
Windy, rainy, or really dry weeks (Check your local area for fire bans!), or we don’t have a proper fire pit, we just don’t have a fire. There is plenty of other things to do and most family friendly campgrounds have movie nights, bingo, or their own campfires so it’s a nice chance to enjoy one of those activities.
- Keep it small
Like real small. A couple of logs has always been more than enough for us. It is easier to control and put out when inevitably the little ones tire and get bored before we have had time to sit and enjoy the campfire ourselves for more than 4 minutes.
These are our rules when our kiddos are around, but it is also important to follow proper safety rules for picking, setting up, managing and extinguishing a campfire. Some great resources to review are HERE and HERE.
Now I am not all rules! I’m just mostly rules. Some fun camp fire related activities we do encourage are:
- Collecting fallen sticks for the fire. Usually during the day around late afternoon when the “I’m boooored” comments start.
- Collect one fallen stick perfect for roasting marshmallows for each grown-up.
- Help a grown up bring firewood back from the camp store.
Wishing you lots of safe and fun campfires this summer!
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